A key feature of the campaign is to ensure that government schools in India have a set of functioning and well maintained water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. It aims to improve the curriculum and teaching methods while promoting hygiene practices and community ownership of water and sanitation facilities within schools.
It improves children’s health, school enrollment, attendance and retention and paves the way for new generation of healthy children. WASH in Schools helps fulfill the universal right to education and health and meets its role in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, thereby increasing access to primary education, reducing child mortality, advancing gender equality and meeting targets for improving water and sanitation. Water, sanitation and hygiene in schools refers to a combination of technical and human development components that are necessary to develop and support appropriate health and hygiene behavior among children leading to a healthy school environment.
The technical components include drinking water, handwashing, toilet and soap facilities in the school compound for use by children and teachers. The human development components are the activities that promote conditions within the school and the practices of children that help to prevent water, hygiene and sanitation related diseases.